Although insulated rail joints (IRJs) are important railway track components and, because of their low bending rigidity, a dynamic wheel impact results as wheels pass over them. Proper attention is needed to address this problem. Focussing on this point, a 3D finite element analysis (FEA) is carried out on IRJs to evaluate on damage analysis of sub-surface railhead material for endpost materials: fiberglass (fb), nylon 66 (ny), and polytetrafluoroethylene (ptfe). A cyclic vertical wheel load up to a total of 2000 cycles in non-Hertzian pressure form is applied at the wheel/rail contact patch on an IRJ. The residual longitudinal stress damage parameter is considered to rank the endpost material based on sub-surface railhead damage. It exhibits a new pattern described as ‘vertical flat type’ for a depth up to 8 mm initially and, as the cyclic loading increases, the vertical flat pattern damage changes to an ‘inclined flat type’ pattern.
Evaluation of railhead material damage of insulated rail joints due to cyclic wheel loadings / Mandal, Nirmal Kumar; Bracciali, Andrea; Megna, Gianluca. - In: WEAR. - ISSN 0043-1648. - ELETTRONICO. - 528-529:(2023), pp. 0-10. [10.1016/j.wear.2023.204966]